Advocating for effective, humane, and therapeutic treatment in institutional settings

The Treatment Facilities Program advocates for facilities that effectively deliver treatment in humane and therapeutic conditions, in the most integrated manner possible, with effective and timely discharge planning that is consistent with available community services. This program focuses on facilities that provide treatment to 16 or more individuals. This may include hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities, Residential Habilitation Centers, enhanced services facilities, and immigration detention facilities.

Program Updates

Patients, State settle lawsuit and improve patient treatment

August 10, 2016SPOKANE – A settlement agreement has been reached that will lead to important reforms for patients found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) and sent to the state hospitals for treatment.

WA Supreme Court rules “psychiatric boarding” illegal

August 7, 2014Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that warehousing individuals with mental illness in hospital emergency rooms where they do not get the mental health treatment they need violates state law.

Patient lawsuit demands treatment, not punishment

May 7, 2014SEATTLE - Three State hospital patients are suing the state to restore rights recently taken away from them.

Feds cite 40,000 violations in Spokane’s Lakeland Village

November 21, 2013Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: DSHS decision to give up on residents of state-run nursing facility violates rights
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